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talk to al jazeera, only on al jazeera america >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ welcome to the al jazeera news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes, the u.k. stepping up ebola screening at airports, as a british man is suspected of becoming the latest european victim of the disease. the u.s. carries out more air strikes against isil, while kurdish forces fight house-to-house for a strategic town. yemen bloodiest day in over two years, at least 56 killed in
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bombings. and why brazil's third place presidential candidate could determine who wins the runoff election. ♪ a british man suspected of contracting the ebola virus has died in macedonia, and another british showing symptoms. the u.k. says it will step up the screening of passenger arrives at the airport. let's go to london. first of all what do we know about these new cases, simon? >> reporter: well, not a great deal. i think it has taken the british foreign office somewhat by surprise. we heard the news agencies quoting a senior macedonia official saying that earlier on thursday, two british men were picked up from a hotel in the capitol and brought to a hospital for infection diseases,
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displaying the signs of ebola. one of the men unable to communicate when admitted died shortly after admission, and the other man is being treated in the hospital. they do, however, stress that while both men showed ebola-like symptoms they have not yet conducted the test to determine it was ebola. the hotel has been sealed off, and the hotel staff and ambulance crew that picked them up have all been put into isolation. if it proves to be ebola, this man would be the first british victim of this disease. >> tell us what travelers arriving in the u.k. may be faced with? >> reporter: yes, that's right. i think it's probably in response to this growing level of public concern in u.k. and across europe about the spread
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of the disease. british officials have been saying the outbreak of this disease it's a question of when not if. and after some confusion within the ranks of the government, on thursday the prime minister's office issued a statement saying that indeed screening would start soon at initially only at the two main london airports. and at the terminal that come from paris under the euro tunnel. the screening will consist in the first phase of questioning travelers from the countries most seriously affected in west africa, liberia, sierra leone, and guinea. people will be asked who they have been dealing with, and where they plan to go next. but there will be medical staff on hand to conduct medical screening if people at those points of entry feel that that
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is necessary. so not complete screening, but it is the beginning of that process introduced in the next few days we understand. >> all right. thanks so much, simon mcgregor-wood there. meanwhile in spain the condition of the nurse infected with ebola is reported to have worsened. she is currently being treated at a hospital in madrid. paul brennan is there. >> reporter: the signs looking increasingly bleak for teresa romero here in madrid, the ebola-infected nurse. her condition appearing to deteriorate in the last t-- 24 hours. her brother was called to the hospital and left visibly up say. saying his sister had been incubat incubated. the hospital denies that.
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but they do say the condition has worsened. the hospital is facing criticism by union workers, because the idea that she may have inadvertently infected herself comes from the authorities. but the workers say they still want to see the hospital chiefs resign. and some of the hospital staff inside this hospital have chosen to quit their posts, resign their positions, rather than go in and perhaps they believe risk their lives inside, given a situation where they simply don't trust the protective equipment which has been issued to them. the president of the world bank has warned the spread of ebola is threatening the future of africa. >> reporter: it was a warning that went beyond much of what
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had already been said. >> ladies and gentlemen, unless we quickly contain and stop the ebola epidemic, nothing less than the future of not only west africa, but perhaps even africa is at stake. >> reporter: those international governments and organizations present were quick to pledge help. even the imf said it was ready to forget its usual rules. >> it's good to increase the fiscal deficit to try to contain the disease. the imf doesn't say that very often. >> reporter: that seems to come as a surprise to the president of guinea. >> translator: the president of the imf, managing director said that we need help and can increase our deficit, which is quite change from the usual narrative. >> reporter: it's a fundamental point. some say holding the meeting here was bitterly ironic, because both the world bank and the imf bare responsibility for
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ebola's rapid rise. the imf prevents governments from spending on healthcare infrastructure. the world bank because it concentrates on privatized development are not public health facilities. the world bank studied the $1 billion health initiative. >> there are some parts of the bank that have been investing in private hospitals and clinics that are broadly serving the wealthy in africa and not reaching the poor and we want to see less of that type of investment and more investment in strong public health systems that can reach all people. >> reporter: they say forcing countries to limit spending and privatize health care gives them little chance against ebola. >> i certainly hope we were not financing those. >> reporter: the ifc was.
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>> then you would have to ask a colleague of -- >> but that is a corporation of the world bank isn't it? >> yes, but we try to reduce bank. >> reporter: the world bank has called for a $20 billion global health fund to deal with merge sis like the ebola outbreak, but even the officials present at this meeting have admitted that just a fraction of that money had been spent on public health infrastructure, many lives would have been saved. the u.s. and its allies are continuing to launch air strikes against islamic state of iraq and the levant. isil has reportedly captured districts inside of kobani. but kurdish forces dispute this. they say they have pushed isil back and are regaining territory. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry says the situation in kobani will not change u.s.
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policy. >> kobani is a tragedy because it representeds the evil of e isis, but it is not the venningation of the full measure of what is happening. it is one town and there will be others where there will be conflicts with isil. president obama has been absolutely clear and up front, as have i, that this is going to take a period of time. >> stephanie decker is live for us now near the turkey, syria border. and steph, conflicting claims about who is making ground and losing ground. any clearer on what the situation is now in kobani >> reporter: we were there just a couple of hours ago. we're about 10 kilometer north now, and there was an extremely active battle happening. we do know that isil holds two
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neighborhoods in the east and the south, but it's a very fluid situation. these are street by street battles, house to house, they change very quickly. and this is somewhat of a propaganda war. what is clear it's ongoing. it hasn't fallen, but they are the closest they have been since this conflict began, and the media has been reporting on kobani for the last three weeks ago, but this is a town that has been besieged for over a year. they tried before and failed. this time they are on the outskirts. the air strikes have helped somewhat, but it certainly hasn't stopped it. and it does seem to be a stalemate at the moment. >> a bit of a diplomatic game going on as well stephanie. what does the international community want before they throw their full weight into this? >> reporter: the turks say they will step up their military
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campaign. they believe in boots on the ground, but they say they won't go it alone, and they want the support of the international community. that at the moment is not going to happen. and what president erdogan says the real cause of the problem is the assad regime, and if you go after isil alone, it is only part of the problem. so this is a difference. so these talks have been going on. we have had the u.s. formal general here who deals with the anti-isil coalition trying to get turkey to step up to the plate to do more. we have seen active fighting going on. and the turkish government is simply watching. they control a border point to the east and the west. if they gain control of kobani,
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they will gain that whole area, and how do you say it -- it connects their headquarters in syria, so that would be a huge land grab. so it's a very complicated situation, and at the moment we haven't had a real commitment from turkey about how they will be acting out militarily. >> all right. stephanie decker. the kurds in turkey are angry the government is not going more to help people in kobani. police used tear gas to disburse demonstrators. 21 people died on wednesday during similar protests. an iraqi strike has killed eight members of the same family. meanwhile a suicide attack killed six people. it happened in the predominantly shiite neighborhood of the city. 13 people were injured. yemen has seen its bloodiest day in two years.
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at least 60 people have been killed in a series of attacks across the country. in the capitol 47 people died in a suicide bombing apparently targeting houthi rebels. we should warn viewers you may find some of the pictures in this report disturbing. >> reporter: this is the attack caught on a cctv camera. protesters were on their way to participate in a anti-government rally when the bomb exploded. it happened in the capitol in the square. dozens of people were killed and injured. they were gathering at a rally to protest against the appointment of a new prime minister. >> translator: we demonstrated for our legitimate demands, and we hold [ inaudible ] fully responsible for this bombing. >> reporter: this is the man at the center of the controversy.
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he was chosen by the president to form a new government of national unity. hours after the announcement was made, houthi leader said the appointment was dictated by the us. >> translator: moments after the president met with the u.s. ambassador, he appointed mubarek. this is dangerous. who gave western embassy the right to impose their will on us. >> reporter: the suicide bombing was followed by two more attacks in the eastern province. there's been no claim of responsibility, but the area has recently become an al-qaeda strong hold. the political cry -- crisis in yemen raises more concerns of
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instability. the houthis who control the capitol insist they will only pull out when they have a government where they have equal rights is formed. you are watching the al jazeera news hour. and still to come, a commute congested with smog. why the daily commute to work in china starts off with a cough and a sneeze. and england will face the worst team in world football in a euro 2016 qualifiers in the next few minutes. we'll have all of the latest details in sport. ♪ india says pakistan will pay a high price if it persists in firing across a disputed border between the two nuclear powers.
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21 people have been killed so far in the heaviest shelling in decades. the fighting began just under a week ago. >> reporter: in the middle of the night, they fled for their lives. [ explosion ] >> reporter: running away from mortar shells being fired from pakistan across the disputed border. thousands of indians living in the area are seeking refuge in relief camps as skirmishes continue. >> translator: here the conditions are very bad. there is continuous firing from the pakistani side. our education is getting disturbed. people are leaving their homes. >> reporter: the situation is equally dire on the pakistani side. >> translator: india fired the bomb on my house on the morning of eid. we have lost so many things. my nephew was injured. three children have been killed
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in this village, and one old lady. they have fired up to 250 rockets on this village at night. everyone is worried. >> reporter: this is the most intense fighting between the two sides in more than a decade. they have both blamed each other for provoking the hostile illties. pakistan has accused india of discussing talks, while india says the bombing must stop before negotiations can begin. >> if pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable. >> reporter: but pakistan says as long as india continues to fire at its civilians, it will respond. >> my message to them would be, please de-escalate.
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don't fire on to civilian areas. if you want to fire -- i mean give us a reason. there has to be a reason to fire. but if you continue to fire without reasons you will continue to see a response. >> reporter: the conflict has continued for more than a week. people on both sides of the border have suffered the most from this recent conflict. they say they want their governments to talk and reach a solution before more civilians are killed. the international committee for the red cross says many people have been injured after a second day of fighting in the central african republic. it's the worst violence since the u.n. took over peace keeping last month. the violence began after a former fighter from the seleka group was killed, which prompted reprisal attacks. a sitting palestinian prime minister has arrived in gaza for the first time since 2007.
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he entered the gaza at the border crossing from israel. >> reporter: every morning, this man walks from his small rented apartment in the center of gaza city to what was once his home, all that is left of the spacious town house is this pile of broken concrete and twisted metal. the neighborhood where he has lived for most of his life was one of the worst-hit areas. the palestinian prime minister visited the area ahead of convening his first cabinet meeting here. he tells me he hopes the lawmakers will ensure the area is rebuilt. >> translator: we trust in god, not the state, but i pray these leaders will not fail us like the previous ones have. look at our condition. our communities are destroyed. the leaders need to know we're
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struggling. >> reporter: the visit marks the first time a sitting palestinian prime minister has come to the gaza strip since hamas took over in 2007. and while both sides have agreed to work together to help rebuild neighborhoods like this one, given their complicated past, not everyone is convinced they can put aside their differences. few have forgotten the violence that saw the end of fattah's rule. hamas sees it's a as the legal representative of the palestinian people. since then relations between the two sides have been tense. but the formation of the unity government in june has raised hopes. abdullah admits given the years of distrust, moving forward
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won't be easy. >> translator: we have huge challenges lying ahead. i mean domestic challenges. all of the palestinian factions could transsend differences. this is a government of all of palestine and palestinians. >> reporter: which is what people like this man say they want, some normalcy, but depending on how much is raised on sunday, that could take years. the hong kong government has called off talks with protesting students that were due to take place on friday. it is now nearly two weeks since demonstrations demanding free and fair elections brought parts of hong kong to a stand still. but many on the street are motivated by the struggles of daily life. >> reporter: hong kong is one of
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the world's richest cities, but it doesn't seem that way in the working class district. this man is 82 and spends each day collecting cardboard to recycle. on a good day he can make $8. his young daughter is the main breadwinner, making around $1,300 a month. but that disqualifies him from welfare so now every cent counts. >> translator: life is miserable. no one feels pity for us. we are on our own. >> reporter: nearby two children are returning home after school. one 11, the brother almost 7. and this is where they have lived for the past three years, a room measuring less than 8 square meters. it's a subdivided app parent, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, study area, and no privacy. >> translator: we do not have
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enough money to live on. half of what we receive goes on rent. on top of that, we have to pay utilities. it's a real struggle. >> reporter: this woman is from china, but can't work here. that's because she is now separated from her hong kong partner, which means is she can't apply for citizenship. she can remain because her children were born here, but they can't apply for public housing. >> translator: i feel helpless. before i came to hong kong i did not understand things. our life is no longer worth living. >> reporter: the government admits more than 170,000 people now live this way, a third of them migrants from the mainland adding to the demand on public housing. this city's wealth gap is one of the biggest in the world, and the lack of affordable housing is another reason for the discontent. people also complain that public utilities, transport systems,
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and even supermarkets are all in the hands of the wealthy leet who also dominate the property sector. >> young people are saying they can't even rent a house because rent is totally unaffordable. and therefore, they have a hard time getting married, and after they get married, they cannot have children, because there's no room for it. >> reporter: hong kong boasts one of the world's freest economies. but that is unlikely to make much difference to the life of this man and so many others like him. china has issued the first air pollution alert for autumn. a lot of people are returning to work after holiday so with more traffic comes more smog. rob mcbride reports.
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>> reporter: back to work, and back to the smog. it's a scene that is depressingly familiar for beijing's commuters. only a winter of more pollution to look forward to. preparations are well underway at the complex which will host the annual apex summit. normally a chance for the host nation to show off the best it has to offer, china is hoping it won't be remembered for its smog. the venue includes a convention center, hotel and vip villas, ironically it is being constructed to the highest green standards, using innovations like clean energy and wastewater treatment. but on a day like today you can't see muffin -- much of it through the haze. officials are working with companies to cut down on the
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pollution during the convention. but this woman made the decision to leave several months ago. for her son, checking the daily air pollution reading had become too much of a habit. >> every morning he wakes up in the morning, and the first thing he does he checks the apps on the phone to see how much is the pollution, to see if he can go and play outside, or if he has to stay inside. and i can't stand it anymore. it's two years -- the last two years has got really, really bad, and i think that it's time to go. >> reporter: for most people, though, leaving is not an option, as they brace for the smoggy months ahead. still to come on al jazeera, dicing with danger in the hunt for gold. we'll report where minors are exposed to deadly mercury. and giving guns to children.
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we'll report on myanmar's underage soldiers. also ahold in sport, the world number one is giving a top notch in shanghai. details on the way.
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saturday, 7:00 eastern. only on al jazeera america. ♪ you are watching al jazeera, let's recap the headlines now. a british man suspected of contracting the ebola virus has died in macedonia. meanwhile the u.k. says it will step up the screening of passengers at london's two major airports and the rail port. isil fighters have now captured districts of kobani. u.s.-lead air strikes failed to stop the group's advance. at least 60 people have been killed in a series of attacks across yemen. in the capitol 47 people died in a suicide bombing apparently targeting houthi rebels. brazil's presidential race will go to a second round later
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this month after the incumbent fell short of an majority. we're joined now live from sow pal low. so maria is looking like the kingpin maker at this point, isn't she? >> reporter: she absolutely is, or could be. i'll give you one number. 22 million, that's how many votes she got on sunday. and while it fell short of her being able to get into the runoff, that's a lot of votes. it's the total population of australia just to give you an idea. her voters are the people that both of the other candidates are fighting for, and they are really hoping to get her endorsement. her party, the socialist party
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has already endorsed neves, as well as the green party, also formally endorsed him, but what everyone is waiting for is really maria's personal endorsement. she was supposed to do that today, but she has delayed it. >> reporter: what is she waiting for when she talks about, you know, what she expects from the neves camp before she decides to announce who she is backing? >> reporter: well, there's some key issues that were held very dear to silva and her voters. and one was indigenous rights, another one political reform, as well as term limits. she said if she was going to be president, she would not one for a second term. that was important to her and her voters, so she wants to see if neves will agree to that as well. and so far he has been pretty
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non-committal. so there are some key themes, those being the key ones that she wants commits from either candidate before she decides who she is going to formally endorse. >> this was an election which people have to choose do you want to hold on to the gains of the past or try to improve the economy going forward, but looking at what happened in the elections for the congress, which now looks even more fractured, doesn't that mean that whoever wins the presidency is going to have a tough time pushing through any of those expected economic reforms? >> reporter: it will be tough, no doubt about it. but here in brazil, the president does have a lot of power. for example, selects the finance minister, and the finance ministry obviously has a lot of power to affect interest rates and things of this such, and the head of the federal bank is also
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selected by the president here. so congress is very fractured, very divided, the country is very divided right now. this election does have a lot of consequences especially on the can economy, an economy that is in a technical recession. it's going to be a key issue that we hear over and over and over again before the runoff vote. >> all right. in bolivia presidential candidates have held their final campaign rallies ahead of sunday's vote. the president is expected to come out ahead in the first round. he is seeking a third term in office. across mexico, thousands of people march to demand justice for 43 students who went missing nearly two weeks ago. protesters blame the government for their disappearance. >> reporter: frustrated and
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angry. tens of thousands of mexicans took to the streets in the capitol and throughout the country, demanding the president's resignation. they are protesting against the forced disappearance of 43 university students at the hands of local police in one of the poorest and most violent states in the country. many blame the government and are demanding answers. >> translator: the president has won awards abroad, but he is destroying our country and killing our people. >> reporter: you are not alone they chant as one of the fathers of the missing students addressed the crowd outside of the national palace. >> translator: the government is supposed to take care of us. the kids, the young, but we're absolutely unprotected. so this march is not only to support them, but to give them hope and courage. >> reporter: it was the largest day of protests so far.
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the 43 missing students in guerrero sadly is not an isolated situation here. the president took office more than two years ago, and more than 8,000 people have gone missing. mass drives like this one are still very much a part of the landscape in mexico. despite claims by the government that violent crimes are down. more than 36,000 people were killed in drug-related violence in the first 19 months of the president's administration according to a leading mexican investigative publication. and extra judicial killings are also on the rise. in june soldiers killed 22 suspected members of a drug gang. now three of those soldiers have been arrested on charges of murder. >> translator: what has changed is the government's communication strategy, but not its security policy. this doesn't mean that the
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violence is no longer a problem in mexico, only that the government refuses to admit it. >> reporter: but as outrage grows over the students who have been missing for two weeks, it's clear few believe the president is fulfilling his promise to make the country safer. wildfires in the u.s. state of california have forced the partial closure of a key interstate highway. firefighters are working to put out fires. residents have been told to leave the area. the cause is under investigation. afghanistan's finance minister is in the u.s. where he is looking to get financial support from international lenders. the election dispute has left half a billion dollars hole. but many hope the economy will now improve. from kaboul, jennifer glasse
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reports. >> reporter: there's optimism in afghanistan's marketplaces. money is flowing again after a six-month slowdown. this man sells tea and milk. since the new government took power and signed the security agreement with the u.s., he says business is better. >> translator: for the past six monks, i haven't been able to get credit. now i can, and the market has improved. >> reporter: traders here say more goods are coming in. afghans are spending and lending. but at the finance ministry, officials say afghans have billions of investment dollars they aren't putting into the economy. >> people are not investing because of lack of security and lack of confidence in the future. the big challenge for the government will be to establish at least relative trust between the people and the government. >> reporter: the political crisis stalled afghanistan's already fragile economy, which
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meant fewer tax revenues. that along with corruption lead to a $500 million shortfall. in a move to regain the public trust, the president has reopened the investigation into kaboul bank. in '2010 it was the country's largest bank and it almost collapsed. the world bank is predicting an afghan growth rate of 1.5% in 2014. in kaboul's fruit market things got to bad they were selling fruit for half of its market value. they are hoping those days are over. >> translator: until now there has been no sign that things are better. but we're hopeful for the fo the -- future. >> reporter: one indicator may be this year's parm granite
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-- pam granite sales. thousands of people have lined the streets of the kenyan capitol to welcome home the president. he is returning from the hague where he appeared before the international criminal court. he is facing charges of instigating and funding violence that killed at least a thousand people after elections in 2007. the hearing was adjourned on wednesday. 120 count indust industry -- countries have signed the u.n. convention aimed at limiting exposure to musercu. but the chemical is still widely used especially in african countries for mining. >> reporter: barely visible to the naked eye a small nugget of gold. there might be more. in the excitement, they have forgotten all about the last 12
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hours spent digging and crushing rock. >> translator: once you find gold you can't stop. we have to keep looking for more. >> reporter: this is the moment that makes all of that hard labor worthwhile. it's also extremely dangerous. in this pouch is mercury, a highly toxic and poisonous chemical. they manipulate it with their bare hands. exposure to mercury damages the nervous system. it can cause permanent brain, heart, and liver damage. if this doesn't work they use cyanide, an even more poisonous chemical. >> translator: the poisoning is a slow process, but eventually this will take a serious tool on these young men's health, outweighing the economic benefits. >> reporter: the gold rush is sweeping through the area. here young farmers have given up
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tending their fields. many children stopped going to school. >> translator: when i grow up, i will be stronger. i'll be able to dig deeper and faster. >> reporter: he might already be sick. the longer he is exposed to the dangerous chemicals, the quicker his health will deteriorate. for the last 120 years gold miners have been using the chemicals to extract gold. the difference now is the amount being dumped into nature. mercury and cyanide stays in the air, seeps in to the earth, affecting the soil. >> translator: ever since they started mining five years ago, the harvests are getting smaller. it changed the way my millet grows. it's quality is getting worse. >> reporter: little is done to protect these villagers and its
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earths. gold is bringing unexpected wealth. despite the risk, these two say they will keep doing this for as long as they can. nicklas hawk, al jazeera. since the government of myanmar agreed to end the practice of using underage solders two years ago, it has returned more than 360 young boys to their families. but young boys are still being recruited into the military. >> reporter: this woman was worried when her eldest son then 15 didn't come home from school. >> translator: i have often heard cases of kids like my son being recruited into the army in our neighborhood, many parents wouldn't bother tracking down their sons, but to me, my son is just a kid, he is just a student. >> reporter: she secured his release with the help of the international labor organization. her son now 16, says he ran away
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to be with friends, and only joined the army because he was offered $300 to do so. he says the army major who recruited him knew he wasn't underage. >> translator: i was asked to give a fake name for myself and my parents. >> reporter: recruitment of underaged soldiers happens in places like train stations our even temples. more often than not, the teenagers are coerced into joining or offered a financial incentive to do so. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: armed ethnic groups who have been fighting the government for more autonomy are also known to recruit children. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: no one knows just how many there are in the ethnic armies and in the military. but in the last two years, the government has handed back more
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than 360 underaged soldiers to their families. a government spokesman told al jazeera, the ministry of defense took action against 270 people in the military for recruiting underaged soldiers, a sign, he says of the government's commit in tackling the problem. this boy realizes he may not even be alive had he been sent to fight on the front line. now, germany's president is honoring the 25th anniversary of the demonstrations that helped bring about the fall of the berlin wall. one of the bigs protests was on october '9, 1989 when tens of thousands of people took to the streets, calling for freedom and democracy. the president spoke of the protester's bravery for standing up to east germany's come communist rulers. next on the news hour, we'll
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have the sport. a former tour de france winner looks back on his career. we'll be standing by with the details.
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♪ welcome back. this year's noble prize for literature has been awarded to an author who explored life under nazi occupation. >> the nobel prize in literature is awarded to the french author. patrick modiano. for the art of memory, with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the live world of the occupation. >> his body of work includes around 30 books. he writes about the nazi occupation and its effects on france. the oldest person to win the nobel prize for literature was doris lesing in 2007. her legacy still lives on in zimbabwe where she has donated
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3,000 of her books to a public library. >> i have been known [ inaudible ] for the past ten years. to me the library is the people's university. it's all encompassing from the toddler to the old citizens. anyone can just come in to look for information. zimbabwe does have a good reading culture, can reflect on the 98% literacy rate with the economic situation that has been prevailing. libraries have not been in a position to really stock their collection, so that is sort of driven our patrons from the library. it doesn't receive any grants.
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receiving donations from any well wishers really goes a long way. we have been promised doris lesings collection as a special collection. and the library receiving that collection will actually bring publicity to the library, because many people would be interested in having access to those books. there is no way we can run away from reading, because it is through reading that the world is growing. all right. sports fans, here is robin. >> thank you very much. we're going to start with tennis. and roger federer has reached the quarter finals. he made light work of his spanish opponent. 6-4, 6-2 the score in this
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match. jock vich was given a spare from kazakhstan. the serbian player seemed totally in control in the beginning. but unseeded player then fighting back taking the second set. but both players in different color now because of the heat in shanghai. he won in beijing last weekend and looks to be the man to beat again. andy murray's chances were ended in shanghai. moving above murray into 9th in the race. to london rankings, he is the tenth, but only the top eight qualify for london, of course.
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uefa claiming a week of football will allow fans to enjoy a week of absorbing matches. some feature some of the worst in football. england just kicked off against the lowest-ranked side on the planet. a total of nine europe qualifiers on the go right now. the manager has taken charge of his first training session with his struggling team. the managers joined on a three-year contract. they just registered two wins from their first seven games. the team also competing in the champion's league in a group against chelsea. and the frenchman remains in
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stable but critical condition following the crash in japan's grand prix. it should be a celebration for the sport which has expanded into yet another new market, but the mood is down beat, with the accident still fresh in everyone's mind. >> when there is a big accident there are no words to -- to describe how bad you can feel. it was that weekend, and right now we are here on a difficult weekend again, emotionally very difficult, you know, our mind -- my mind is with him in this moment, and, you know, praying for him. >> reporter: former tour de france winner has announced his retirement at the age of just 29. he made the decision following a knee injury he picked up during this year's tour. the highlight of his career came in 2010 when he won cycling's
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most prestigious event following the disqualification of the original winner. >> i have made the decision that -- that cycling is finished for me now, at least on the professional side. so with that, [ inaudible ] at the end of this year. the los angeles kings have started the new nhl season with a loss. last season's win was the second stanley cup in three years. the kings were beaten 4-0 by the sharks. as they gained a little revenge
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for last season. the canadiens beat the maple leafs in what is the oldest rival in nhl history. a decisive goal in just 43 seconds left in the game. vikings star adrian peterson has appeared in court to answer charges of domestic violence. he disciplined his 4-year-old son with a tree branch causing injuries. he could be sentenced to two years in prison if found giuilt. and roger goodell answered questions over ray rice. >> i was very open with him about where we failed in the
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process, and i have been very open publicly where we made mistakes. there frankly was a very open dialogue about that from my perspective. to the nba now and the new season is just a few weeks away, many of the teams taking on preseason tours. the cavaliers are in brazil ahead of the global games fixture against the miami heat. that takes place this weekend. and they have been enjoying the sites and sounds in rio. the defending nba champions, the san antonio spurs are having a lot less fun. they lost their preseason game to berlin. tony parker scored 28 points for the spurs. but the german side clawed their way back into the game, and with just 5 seconds to go, they
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scored at the buzzer. 94-93 the score there. the spurs next take on the turkish champions. >> we are not playing ball the way we usually do. but of course again we -- we practice -- i don't know, probably ten times. so we are trying to get there still, but bottom line is that they do really put us in trouble, and they played a great game. >> that's your sport. more later. >> thanks so much, robin. archeologists have discovered a set of bones in northern france that are more than 200,000 years old. the specimens were found buried alongside the skeletons of a number of different animals including rhinos, bears, and panthers. foley is back with another full show in just a couple of
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